‘I’m innocent’ – Carlo Ancelotti hits back at reports he’s facing nearly five years in prison

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Carlo Ancelotti protested his innocence amid accusations of tax fraud by the Spanish state prosecutors.

They claim he used a ‘confusing’ system of shell companies to hide his income during his first LaLiga stint a decade ago.

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The Real Madrid boss is accused of having defrauded around £855,000 and faces two tax fraud charges.

It is punishable by up to four years and nine months in prison.

However, Ancelotti hit back at the claims following Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

He is reported to have said: “It’s an old story that started eight years ago.

“The Prosecutor’s Office thinks that I was a resident and I was not. I have already paid the fine.

“I’m innocent.”

Real Madrid drew 1-1 with RB Leipzig at the Bernabeu, but still progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

They won the first leg 1-0 and headed straight through on aggregate.

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Assessing Madrid’s performance, Ancelotti said: “The performance? We were bad.

“We played against a quality opponent who had nothing to lose, while we were held back and suffered. But the important thing was to get to the quarterfinals.”

“You have to be self-critical but not exaggerate. We must assess and be ready for the next game,” Ancelotti continued.

“We wanted to press more and instead we defended too low. And we had little vertically, it was a bad evening and it seems obvious to me.”

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